Plane Crashes Near Moscow, Killing at Least Four (Dashcam Crash Footage)

30 Dec

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A Russian passenger jet overshot the runway at Vnukovo airport near Moscow on Saturday and crashed into a highway, killing at least four people, all of them crew members, the authorities said.

Amateur video taken at the moment of the crash shows the plane diving hard into a snowy roadway sending debris flying at passing cars. There were no injuries reported on the ground. Photographs of the aftermath show the plane, a Red Wings airline Tupolev 204, according to The Associated Press, broken into pieces, its cockpit torn from the rest of the fuselage.

Russian television video showed the tail of the plane, which officials said was coming from the Czech Republic carrying at least eight people, was sheared off in the crash.

Among the dead were the plane’s captain, Gennady Shmelyov, and co-pilot, Yevgeny Astashenkov, Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry said in a statement on its Web site. Together, the two men had logged about 25,000 hours of flight experience, a spokesman for Russia’s aviation oversight agency said at a news conference, the Interfax news agency reported. The flight engineer and a flight attendent also died. Four other crew members were hospitalized with serious injuries.

The Aviation Herald, a web site that collects official information on aviation incidents, reported that the plane “overran the end of the runway, broke through the localizer antenna, the airport perimeter fence, broke up and came to a stop on elevated highway M3 about 400 meters/1200 feet past the runway end.”

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. The BBC reported that Prime Minister Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia had called for an investigation.

Rescuers worked at the site where a plane crashed at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow on Saturday.
Prior to Saturday's crash, there had been no fatal accidents reported for Tu-204s, which entered commercial service in 1995.Ivan Sekretarev/Associated PressPrior to Saturday’s crash, there had been no fatal accidents reported for Tu-204s, which entered commercial service in 1995.
The plane's cockpit area was sheared off from the fuselage.Ivan Sekretarev/Associated PressThe plane’s cockpit area was sheared off from the fuselage.
The crash occurred amid light snow in Moscow.Kirill Kudryavtsev/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesThe crash occurred amid light snow in Moscow.
Police investigators and emergency services teams worked at the crash site.Andrey Smirnov/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesPolice investigators and emergency services teams worked at the crash site.

 

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